* Posts by Jason Hindle

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UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?

Jason Hindle

“Your post leads one to beleive that we didn't have a complete, flying aircraft before getting Europeon nations involved to increase the size of the order book.“

Indeed. The Eurofighter is essentially a variant of the very British Experimental Aircraft Programme (EAP) from the 80s. It was a very early (earliest?) example of an inherently unstable aircraft design using fly by wire and computers to keep it safely up. A lot of that tech also ended up in the American F22.

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Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

Jason Hindle

More likely good for routes into Africa and Middle East

The European Airlines have long been a little envious of Turkish who, thanks to their hub at IST, can cover a rather large area with 737s. Beyond Europe, there’s a market for point to point business between smaller airports. Not forgetting the possibility of an all business cabin on some routes.

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Twitter breaks bad news to 677,775 twits: You were duped by Russia

Jason Hindle

You forgot to add

“Fake news! No Russian interference in US elections! Sad!”

It’s Obama’s fault! It was Hilary that did it!

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Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men

Jason Hindle

So they want the right to express discriminatory views?

But are none too happy when the boot is on the other foot? I wish them all the best :-/

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Jason Hindle

Texas....

You think the Texas tech sector is significantly less liberal than Silicon Valley? Perhaps outside of the major urban centres. Guns are often allowed though.

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Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

Jason Hindle

Re: I don't like JASON

What? You’ve never even met me?

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Jason Hindle

JSON?

For the avoidance of doubt, I’ve asked colleagues to refer to it as Norbert when discussing it within earshot of me!

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Signing up for the RAF? Don't bother – you've been Capita'd

Jason Hindle

Yours too. Didn't catch the misspelling of Crapita.

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New Capita system has left British Army recruits unable to register online

Jason Hindle

"Did the spec sheet get lost?"

The dog ate it!

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Quentin Tarantino in talks to make Star Trek movie

Jason Hindle

Re: Did you see a sign in my front yard...

You got itty bitty bits of Klingon brain all over the back of my shuttle!

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Jason Hindle

Well Discovery has the occasional swearing

And other things that might look out of place in the usually quite wholesome federation. I'm told hardcore Trekkies hate it...

For a Tarantino movie to work, it would have to have Jackson in it (and perhaps an infestation of some kind of poisonous space snake). "Pass me my phaser. It's the one with bad mother------ written on it".

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Ofcom proposes ways to stop BT undercutting broadband rivals

Jason Hindle

If only BT would undercut someone else!

I pay a bloody fortune for Infinity 2 plus the sports pack.

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Remember the 'budget' iPhone SE? Apple plans an update – reports

Jason Hindle

Re: Price is £299 everywhere but Apple

£30 off at Argos today, and tempting. Between the bog standard iPad (£299 at some places, in the Black Friday sales), and the SE, entry to the iOS ecosystem is actually quite cheap when compared with Android running on similar hardware.

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Permissionless data slurping: Why Google's latest bombshell matters

Jason Hindle

So, if I want the benefits of a smartphone, without the (opaque) slurping....

What are my options? My Google Nexus 5X is pretty much everything. It''s my plane ticket, train ticket, bus ticket, tram ticket, taxi ride and method of paying for most transactions < £30 (and many other things). It also sometimes gets used a phone. I'm somewhat loathe to go back to the old ways of doing things, but are the alternatives (assuming the plural still applies) any better?

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Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk

Jason Hindle

Preferred the Newsthump Coverage to El Reg

https://newsthump.com/2017/11/17/us-navy-pilots-apologise-for-drawing-huge-penis-in-the-sky/

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

Jason Hindle

That'll look cool

With a henchman at the wheel, driving around Musk's hollowed out volcano.

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BT boss: Yeah, making a business case for 5G is hard

Jason Hindle

A fully national 5G network might be hard to justify

But a less ambitious network that covers city centres, and other areas of high density usage, might work out better for the networks in terms of investment and return.

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Tell the public how much our tram tickets cost? Are you mad?

Jason Hindle

It's true - we have the worlds most bonkers ticketing system in Manc

Imagine living in a city where they have an Oyster/Octopus type card, with the most ridiculous name imaginable*. Imagine then not being able to simply top that card up and use it anywhere**. Or where the card works on buses and trams, but not the train. Imagine still having to buy separate tickets for bus, tram and train, in spite of this card. Imagine a city where contactless (including Apple/Android Pay) works on some buses, but not others. Imagine Manc!

The only good thing about it is that the city ended up firing a company with a reputation of declaring dying people fit to work, because it turned out they were also incompetent at delivering IT systems.

* It's called My Get Me There. Ok, I suppose they could have called it Noel or Liam. There is an NFC card, and there's an app, but the app doesn't use NFC and works with tram tickets only.

** And it's for season tickets only, and quite useless for ad-hoc, point to point trips.

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Russia, America dig into tug-of-war over Bitcoin laundering suspect

Jason Hindle

I bet he’s FSB

Why else would the Russians be so desperate to get him back?

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

Jason Hindle

What happens if the battery meter is telling porkies?

Like the one on my lying old iPhone?

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Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck

Jason Hindle

Will it come with a mast?

So the taller vehicles behind you can see your car?

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UK Home Office re-bans cheap call gateways because 'terrorism'

Jason Hindle

Re: Oh dear

Well if “families” doesn’t do the trick, they can always roll out “hard working families”.

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The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

Jason Hindle

The main issue, in my experience....

Sure, you BT Home Hub, YakYak or Sky broadband router might be working incredibly well, but you've no guarantee a problem will be resolved in any reasonable amount of time. Problems with the router, and out to the cabinet, should be easy enough to deal with, but the simplest way to deal with a core/edge network issue may well be to move provider! I've read enough horror stories of BT customers going long without service, and have my own bad experience with TalkTalk*. I have BT Infinity 2, at the moment, and (fingers/toes crossed) it works very nicely. I don't have time for a Kafkaesque customer service experience.

* Couldn't receive calls at home. They charged me for an inconclusive home visit, and the problem mysteriously fixed itself after a few days.

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Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange

Jason Hindle

Well the Outlook app is a decent enough sticking plaster

But may not work if you have something like Airwatch mandated*.

* Which apparently forces me to use the Samsung email client, on the corporate phone.

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

Jason Hindle

Edge is fine.

Really, it's fine. I use it as my default browser, on Windows 10, and keep Chrome for the things Chrome is good at (I use Google docs, for starters). However, I only see Edge taking off if Microsoft makes Windows 10 S work. Given the current state of the Microsoft App Store, I don't see that happening. Perhaps if they get the second (or is it third) coming or Windows on ARM to work out for them? Something like that (with cheap, decently performing tablets and notebooks), with a decent ecosystem, could work. Doesn't help Microsoft that the other two got there first. Now that's what I call disruption.

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Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow

Jason Hindle

Re: Usefulness

"Python has a couple of traits that make it very useful for those who program as a secondary function."

That would be me. I was originally a programmer by training, but it's now an occasional part of the job. Sure, I recently learned some Java for a specific set of tasks (nice enough language, btw), but Python is becoming the language I use when I just want to get stuff done.

I'm not sure if it's a good language for the beginner though. Call me old fashioned, but a good set of training wheels should be strongly typed.

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

Jason Hindle

Sounds fairly Standard

Travel outside of normal working hours should probably be on the clock though. And the policy should only be covering day trips. I haven't done a one day business trip in donkeys' years, but always used to bring my own sarnies along. Travel and expenses policies have, across the tech business, been trending meaner for a long time. Absent another boom, I'm not expecting this to improve anytime soon.

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Hackers scam half a million from Enigma digital currency investors

Jason Hindle

Ahh, digital currency

Farting pools from their actual currency since 2009.

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HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing

Jason Hindle

Re: She drove a Reliant Scimitar, you know?

One with London, Paris, New York, Peckham on the side?

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Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports

Jason Hindle

Re: Not been my experience

Nothing beats a Targus case when you want that feeling of oozing quality :-/.

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

Jason Hindle

So is this virtualised Ubuntu?

Or is it booting up from its own partition?

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Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

Jason Hindle

They got greedy

I pay a relatively small annual fee for my Flickr and SmugMug sites, with no such limitation. Compared to SmugMug in particular, the Photobucket galleries aren't terribly attractive. I'm sure many long time users would pay a reasonable amount to make this problem go away, but $400 is absurd.

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After reusing a rocket, SpaceX tries reusing Dragon capsule for ISS resupply

Jason Hindle

Re: I can see where this is going

You left out the furry dice.

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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

Jason Hindle

I can see this creating a new market

Airport laptop rental at the point of arrival. Choice of either Chromebook or something that comes with VirtualBox and the VMware player. Those (I assume many) of us who have a US employer will have a laptop waiting, either at the hotel, if visiting a client, or at the office if visiting the mothership. Getting the customer to store spare devices is also an option.

I don't see the point of ban. I don't see how it will make us more secure. A bomb is a bomb, and a relatively small bomb will take down a plane regardless of placement. However, I do think we'll all adapt and get on with it. No matter how onerous these regulations become, I predict a majority of us (perhaps fifty two percent) will continue to vote for morons.

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It's just 'Pro' now, guys: Microsoft gives Surface a subtle resurfacing

Jason Hindle

Ahh, the elusive SIM card slot

Always so much jam tomorrow.

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Scheming copyright scam lawyer John Steele disbarred in Illinois

Jason Hindle

I guess he'd better call Saul....

Enough said.

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Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

Jason Hindle

Re: Tough choices

Welcome to Brazil. First world taxes, third world public healthcare, and enough heavily armed police by the time the populace realise they've been had.

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Jason Hindle

Re: Appeal to armchair strategists

I don't see what strategic interests Britain has in the South China Sea. All our problems are closer to home.

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Jason Hindle

Re: I'm in the mood for being a downvote magnet

Disappointed by the lack of downvotes, I'll address a random selection of responses.

“And isn't wet, and hasn't overheated.”

So no different to any other stealth aircraft? My limited understanding of stealth operations is that there's a lot more to them than simply fielding something with reduced visibility. At the moment, I'm suspecting Britain's aircraft will more likely be hobbled more by lack of access to munitions and sensor packages.

“Yes it is. But when did that ever actually work? (Other than finding out by need or accident that 'hey, look, it was only designed to do this, but it can also do that'?)”

By accident? F15. By design? F18. Two of the most successful combat aircraft ever…. British defence thinking tends to be hobbled by the MoD’s (and top brass’s) love of one trick ponies.

“These were never intended as air superiority fighters(*). That's the F22's job along with enemy ground defence supression. The "cheaper" F35 was supposed to be doing ground support work.”

So you reckon it's just a big Harrier replacement, with questionable stealth, and designed for exactly the same missions?

“The ordnance loadout is pathetic, the range is crap and the turnaround times are realistically going to be days once they begin to see real-world use.”

I'm disappointed they didn't get the A, for the RAF, but the B looks reasonable. I understand it can carry a couple of AMRAMs plus a couple of small bombs, internally.

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Jason Hindle

I'm in the mood for being a downvote magnet

I reckon the F35B will be pretty spectacular, once it's RFS. Perhaps more effective than the Eurofighter.

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Behold, auto-completing Android bug reports – because you're not very thorough

Jason Hindle

Anyone criticising my auto correct errors

Can go to he'll.

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

Jason Hindle

Re: Oh dear. XP

Indeed. Along with IE6 and ActiveX controls. As I've commented elsewhere, there are still cowboys getting away providing browser dependent applications....

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Jason Hindle

Oh dear. XP

So I Googled "Does the NHS still use Windows XP," and quickly found an El Reg atticle from last December. Sounds like the people who think we have too many experts have been ignoring expert advice, again.

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Microsoft touts next Windows 10 Creators Update: It's set for a Fall

Jason Hindle

Updated to it today....

Broke OneDrive....

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Hackers emit 9GB of stolen Macron 'emails' two days before French presidential election

Jason Hindle

The real problem?

Whoever is doing the interfering is doing so with apparent impunity. Someone (GCHQ? MI6? CIA?) needs to get a handle on this!

Edit: Oh, just had a look at some of the other comments. It seems El Reg is finally important enough to attract Putin-bots. How lovely!

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Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

Jason Hindle
WTF?

So I took a look at the App Store, from a technical/learning perspective.

It's crap. For those with an interest in artistic pursuits, there's no Creative Cloud (or anything close). Interested in learning software development? There's nothing. Microsoft's own tools aren't there. There's no virtualisation software*. If you're a student, you can activate Office and write an essay. That's about it. It'll work for those who could otherwise make do with a Chromebook (and can be an improvement, given it is less dependent a connection), but is badly hobbled by the quality of Microsoft's store.

* Which I'd advocate as the starting point for anyone learning software development - far better to break a VM than to break Windows.

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Don't click that Google Docs link! Gmail hijack mail spreads like wildfire

Jason Hindle

Happy to be one of the forty eight percent

Who don't fall for this shit.

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Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids

Jason Hindle

4Gb of RAM in a $999 laptop?

WTF?

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Scratch the Surface: Slabtop sales slump takes the shine off Microsoft's 2017 so far

Jason Hindle

Mine's the one with Chinese knock off written on it

Actually damned good for the money, at least for something to muck about with*. Reminds me of that car from Good Omens (the Wasab?).

* Core M Surface 4 look-a-like, newer processor, 8GB/256GB, half the price/twice the weight.

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Mondays suck. So why not spend yours playing with an original Mac and games in your browser

Jason Hindle

Re: GUIs exist for two purposes

1. Run up IDE of choice.

2. Run up multiple terminal windows.

Cross out 1 if your IDE is Vi.

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